Bastia Corsica 2028, European Capital of Culture soon?

La culture sold out this Friday, January 6 for the presentation of the restitution of the “Project factory” workshops dedicated to this file.

Bastia’s European adventure began in October 2021 with the public announcement of the city’s candidacy for the European Capital of Culture label for the year 2028. Bastia, but also all of Corsica wishes to define Pierre Savelli the mayor of the “cultural and intellectual capital of the island”.
To support this ambitious project, the association “Bastia-Corsica 2028” was created. On January 2, the application file was officially submitted to the Ministry of Culture.

In competition, in France, at least 9 cities: Montpellier-Sète, Amiens, Reims, Bastia, Clermont-Ferrand, Bourges, Nice, Rouen and Saint-Denis. ” that’s it The candidacy aims to strengthen the relations between all the territories of the island for a better network and structure of a general dynamic, to speed up the social and economic changes that our island needs and promote our uniqueness on a European scale ” reiterated the mayor of Bastia.

Le Dossier is supervised by the general curator Pierre Lungheretti, a leading figure in the world of culture: deputy director of the Théâtre national de Chaillot, former director general of the Cité internationale de la bande bande et de l’image, former director of the Kallisté theater and Cultural Affairs of the City of Ajaccio, former Director General of Culture of the City of Rennes, Advisor, Deputy Director then Director of the Cabinet of Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture, and Deputy Director General of Creation artist at the Ministry of Culture from 2009 to 2012. He is also an adviser to the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Albania and Regional Director of Cultural Affairs…. ” Our candidacy is strongly based on the heritage, material and immaterial heritage of Bastia and Corsica, especially of Riacquistu, at the same time that it projects itself towards tomorrow and elsewhere. underlined P. Lungheretti. ” An artistic and cultural project that should lead to a metamorphosis of the territory. So we set up a method of participatory contribution based on the reality of the territory, but this contribution aims to develop a long-term strategy. “.

127 projects, 5 workshops
To build this file, a “Project Factory” is built. The work carried out with cultural actors and civil society from December 2021. If the artistic and cultural program presented in the application is still a projection, 127 projects are already imagined within the framework of the 13 headlights of the program . And so on within the framework of five thematic axes which spawned many workshops.

Our candidacy has all the properties to promote the cultural diversity and humanitarian values ​​of Europe, and thus arouse the interest of a large European and international public. said P. Lungheretti again. ” To this end, many links have already been established with the cities with the title of European Capital of Culture such as Donostia, Matera, Genoa, Rijeka, Novi-Sad and with the candidate cities, especially the cities of Czechia, a country that the other European capital of culture will elect 2028. In the Corsican language we also have a unique element to feature in this candidacy “.

Issues, effects, actors…
Among the expected effects: Redraw the cultural geography of the territory and promote new mobility of populations and jobs, promote the educational success of young people, strengthen the creative fabric, particularly the cultural and creative industries, and thus diversify the local economy, of culture a cross-cutting dimension of public action and not a simple sector, directing tourist policies towards qualitative offers.

“Culture is at the heart of the policy we defend”
To arm the file, “Bastia-Corsica 2028″ approached cultural actors, civil society and many institutions including the Community of Corsica. ” We immediately joined the project because it is a territorial approach said Antonia Luciani, Executive Advisor in charge of Culture, Heritage, Education and Training, All our departments are involved in this project because the challenges of this application are in line with the cultural challenges of the Collectivity. We really want culture to be at the heart of the policy we defend. We are already satisfied, regardless of the result of this candidacy, the transversality of the work that has been created with a large number of projects that have appeared. There are certainly issues for our youth as well“. For Marie-Antoinette Maupertuis, President of the Assembly of Corsica, ” we are in front of a project that will make it possible to build something innovative, regardless of the result of the application. We now have a solid base to work from. After this candidacy, nothing will be the same. Our candidacy is certainly very insular, but singular, very ambitious, very rich because it addresses the different dimensions that are at the heart of European issues. “.

Another important partner is the University of Corsica. ” For us it is clear to join this project » emphasizes Alain di Meglio, Vice-president of the Board of Directors of the University of Corsica. ” We now have a cultural practice, a role in long-term social change, we are logically involved in all workshops. “. The Bastia Agglomeration Community is also a stakeholder: ” CAB has the necessary economic capacity and this candidacy is a great promotion for the city ” said Philippe Peretti, councilor of the community but also deputy mayor of Bastia, delegate of heritage.

Civil society also contributes its stone to the building through CESEC, the Economic, Social, Environmental and Cultural Council of Corsica. ” CESEC is keen to join the project said Marie-Jeanne Nicoli, its president. ” The method used is important because it is a tool for mobilizing all players in society. We consider it a success in the field of meetings, exchange, pooling of talents. Another important point: art and culture have been brought back to the center of the island’s development. They are really important levers for the development of a territory, they promote social cohesion, they are an intergenerational bridge. Culture can offer new paths. It was a great adventure “.
Culture in Bastia is the delegation of Mattea Lacave. ” This project is already a deep reflection, a transversal work that transcends political divisions. And we’ve gotten in relation to this perceived synergy. We really have a lot to say in creation and we can only grow from it. “.

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